'''Joseph Smith Harris''' (April 29, 1836 – June 1, 1910) was an United States|American surveying|surveyor
, civil engineer
, and railroad executive. Largely self-taught, he worked on several projects for the U.S. government, including the Coast Survey of the Mississippi Sound
in 1854–56 and the Canada – United States border#History|Northwest Boundary
Survey of 1857–61. He worked his way through a considerable number of adventures to become President of the Reading Railroad
, which he brought back from its 1893 bankruptcy.